Apple Saw Record Number of FaceTime Calls On Christmas

As people stayed away from travel and celebrated the holidays from their homes this December, Apple saw the highest volume of FaceTime calls ever on Christmas.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook shared the tidbit during today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2021, but he did not give specific numbers on how many ‌FaceTime‌ calls were placed.

Online video communication services like ‌FaceTime‌ and Zoom have seen major growth over the course of the last year as people aim to stay in touch with loved ones, friends, and coworkers while social distancing.

Cook also said that Apple saw a record number of device activations during the last week of the quarter as people received Apple products as gifts, and there were new retail records driven by the performance of the online Apple Store.

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Top Rated Comments

Apple_Robert Avatar
17 months ago
How in the world is people sharing Christmas using FaceTime political?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dpcanon Avatar
17 months ago
I worked on Christmas Day(ICU nurse) and helped make a bunch of FaceTime and duo calls. With covid, we’re not allowing visitors so that was the only joy the the patients could have.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
17 months ago

Ignore my ignorance but how do they even know this? Privacy much?
Probably a simple counter:

begin
if start_of_day then set facetime_calls = 0;
set facetime_calls = facetime_calls +1;
end;
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
17 months ago

Considering we had to share Christmas with our sister over FaceTime because she was self-isolating, this doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.
We had to do the same. It is the first time that our family was not together for Christmas, and it felt terrible (and really odd).
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Minxy Avatar
17 months ago
I don't mean to be pedantic but... shouldn't the headline be 'Apple saw record number of FaceTime calls at Christmas' or 'On Christmas Day'?

I'm ready to be told i'm wrong!

[HEADING=2][/HEADING]
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mcfrazieriv Avatar
17 months ago
Wonder what percent of those calls weren't actually showing face.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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